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Integration of Medicine and Robotics – an online teacher professional development programfor STEM education(for professional (in-service) development category)The goal of this project is to create and implement a web-based professional developmentprogram that teachers can access and, as a result of the training, are able to implement, in theirclassroom. The original program, developed through a previously funded NSF project over athree-year period starting in 2007, is a novel teaching approach which applies robotics andinformation technology to solve biomedical problems. The program was designed to enhancestudent knowledge in biology, medicine, physics, mathematics, engineering, and informationtechnology, and become part of a standard STEM course curriculum.As a result of the original program, face to face workshops for sixty in-state middle and highschool teachers were held, and it is estimated that over 3,000 students have been exposed tothe concepts of robotic surgery, the engineering design process, and enhanced learningthrough use of the original program. In addition, six teachers have developed courses withintheir schools based on the original program, and another teacher developed and taught asummer enrichment program for 8th grade students with the focus on the integration ofmedicine and robotics to enhance STEM education.To broaden the distribution of this original program, an effort was started in 2010 to create aweb-based version of the original professional development program. The utilization of a web-based approach to distance learning, allows the use of both asynchronous and synchronousdelivery options that can accommodate the range of activities to be undertaken: readings,teacher contributions to discussion, as well as completion of assignments by teachers.Discussion forums allow teachers to share content, ideas, instructional strategies, andalternative perspectives.There are two primary online resources for this program. The first is a general web site that isavailable to the general public. This public website has been created. The second onlineresource is the online learning community that will be used by participating teachers. Thisresource uses Moodle as its delivery system and is only accessible to participating teachers andprogram personnel. Moodle is an open-source course or learning management system (CMS orLMS) that is used throughout our university, as well as at many other universities. The materialused for training consists of over 30 videos that focus on learning objects within the program,with assessments for both the learning outcome from the video, as well as an assessment onthe video. This program will culminate with a capstone project, where the group of teacherswill develop their own surgery.The online program consists of two teacher cohort training, with modification of the secondcohort material based on the assessment and feedback from the first cohort teachers. Thispaper describes the process, as well as the assessments from the first cohort.
Rockland, R. H., & Burr-Alexander, L., & Kimmel, H. S., & Carpinelli, J. D., & Hirsch, L. S., & Tylutki, T. M. (2013, June), Integration of Medicine and Robotics – an online teacher professional development program for STEM education Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19801
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